Chicago, Illinois has 2 physical therapy schools for you to consider if you are interested in pursuing a degree in physical therapy. With an overall population of 2,896,016 and a student population of 248,289, approximately 34,075 of Chicago students attend one of Chicago's schools that offer physical therapy programs.
Chicago's largest physical therapy school is University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2010, University of Illinois at Chicago graduated approximately 36 students from its physical therapy program.
In 2010, 38 students graduated with a physical therapy degree from one of Chicago's physical therapy schools. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $23,504 per year in tuition if you are eligible for instate tuition. Out of state tuition for all Chicago physical therapy schools was an average of $32,657 per year in 2009.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,600 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a physical therapy program in Chicago. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,342 per year, on average, for room and board at Chicago-based physical therapy schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $15,817.
Many physical therapy graduates choose to work as physical therapists after graduation. If you choose to follow that path and remain in Chicago, your job prospects are good. In 2010, of the 7,410 physical therapists in Illinois, 5,590 were working in the greater Chicago area. Chicago's physical therapist workforce is projected to increase by 29% by the year 2018. This projected change is faster than the projected nationwide trend for physical therapists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a physical therapist in Chicago is $79,950 per year, which is higher than the average for physical therapists state-wide.
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